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Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise,” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen

Unsung Heroes

3/2/2018 - 6/3/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

Unsung Heroes 

March 2, 2018 to June 3, 2018


Anna Heistad.  Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones. Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, and whom history has largely forgotten. This exhibition tells the stories of these “unsung heroes” .

Anna Heistad was a nurse and settlement worker in early 19th century Chicago who rose before dawn during the Spanish flu pandemic to work with the ill. Minnie Vautrin was a missionary worker in China who sheltered thousands of women and children during the Rape of Nanking.  Thomas Jones was a Navy medic who tended to his comrades’ wounds in the heat of battle. All three saved countless lives, and none of them did it for any kind of reward or glory.

The exhibit will document their fascinating stories of sacrifice and heroism through photographs and personal objects, many which have never been publicly displayed.

Stillness Exhibition

3/2/2018 - 6/3/2018, M -Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
Stillness is an exhibition that celebrates the genre of still life as a reflection of our modern life. This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture created over the last 100 years from the Museum's permanent collection. The selected works draw from the significant movements and approaches to artmaking of the modern and contemporary periods. The artists have rendered their moments, real or imagined, in a variety of artistic approaches, from precise realism to gestural exuberance, all to singular effect. This tension between representation and abstraction—between holding on and letting go—is key, shuttling us between the unmoving, quiet moment and the energetic, often urgent measure of that experience.

Artists included: Macena Barton, Fred Becker, Fred Biesel, James Butler, Steven Carrelli, Elizabeth Colwell, Manierre Dawson, Michele Feder-Nadoff, Frances Foy, Gerald Frank, Susan Frankel, William Frederking, Minetta Good, Theodore Halkin, Nancy Hild, Ken Holder, Ben Mahmoud, Robert Middaugh, Jan Miller, Samuel Parker, Tom Petrillo, Carolyn Plochmann, Alejandro Romero, Frank Sadorus, Polly Scribner Ames, Flora Schofield, William Schwartz, Nicholas Sistler, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Eric Wert, Albert Wong, Mary Agnes Yerkes

From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 

Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape & Donna Castellanos: Your're Surreal

3/24/2018 - 6/10/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.”

Elmhurst artist and educator Donna Castellanos created You’re Surreal, an interactive installation inspired by Gertrude Abercrombie’s art and life. Abercrombie’s contagious personality and extraordinary complexity provided the inspiration for Castellanos’ playful dialogue with the Abercrombie paintings on view in our galleries. Castellanos’s immersive installation is a surreal landscape and an interior domestic space.

Visitors are welcomed to enter, have a seat on the sofa, don a hat or crown, and become a character in an Abercrombie inspired environment. Picture taking and sharing are encouraged!

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Playoff Game

4/20/2018 - 4/21/2018, F: 7:05 pm; Sa: 6:05 pm

Playoff games Jr. Blues vs Janesville Jets

Doors are opening at 5:30 for $1 Coors light and $2 Blue Moon for happy hour with a LIVE Band!!! 

Dixie's Tupperware Party

4/20/2018 - 4/22/2018, F: 8 pm; Sa: 2 pm & 8 pm; Su: 2 pm
Direct from Broadway, America's hilarious First Lady of Tupperware ensures Springfield is sealed for freshness!
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogs, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm! Now, join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol'fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of plastic ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became the #1 Tupperware seller in the U.S. & Canada as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products!

Robin Hood

4/20/2018 - 4/22/2018, F & Sa: 8 pm; Su: 2 pm
Presented by STC, "Robin Hood" is a play that follows Robin Hood and his merry men as they combat the sleazy Sheriff in thrilling sword fights to help the people of Sherwood Forest.

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